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Wednesday, 19 September 2001
Page: 31051

Mr MURPHY (7:58 PM) —On page 23 of today's Sydney Morning Herald there is an article entitled `New blow to Sydney airport bidding', which says:

Bidding for Sydney Airport is in disarray, with two participants in the ABN Amro consortium pulling out.

It is appropriate that the government halt the sale of the Sydney airport until it resolves the aircraft noise problems. The Labor Party, when we were in government, legislated for the curfew and the 80 movements per hour cap at Sydney airport in the interests of the residents of Sydney. Unfortunately, the government is continuing to go down the path of selling Sydney airport, and my constituents are very alarmed.

I was most alarmed today—as the parliamentary secretary at the table, the honourable member for Bradfield, understands all too well—when I received a reply from the Prime Minister to question No. 2854, which I put on the Notice Paper on 9 August, trying to justify the long-term operating plan. My constituents in Lowe are getting more than twice the air traffic movements they were promised by the government. The government does not seem at all interested in implementing the long-term operating plan. I am most concerned that, with the sale of the airport, the purchaser of that lease is not going to implement the long-term operating plan. My constituents and the constituents whom the member for Bradfield represents will suffer.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl)— Order! It being 8 p.m., the debate is interrupted.